Feyenoord find themselves propping up their Champions League group after a harsh two-goal defeat in Turin to Juventus. Despite a performance that vastly improved on the debacle in Kiev, the Rotterdammers were suckered by a Di Vaio double strike that all but ends their hopes of qualifying for the second round of the competition. Indeed, victory for Newcastle Utd at home to Dynamo even puts qualification for the UEFA Cup as third-placed team in doubt.

The evening got off to the worst possible start for Feyenoord as the home side raced into the lead within five minutes. Camoranesi appeared to be well offside on the rightwing, but the French referee let play continue and Di Vaio shrugged off Van Wonderen’s challenge as the ball flew across goal to power his header past Zoetebier. It looked bad for the visitors who seemed unable to cope with Juventus in attacking mode. Del Piero’s scissors effort almost doubled the lead and then Davids rattled in a freekick that nearly snuck in, before Di Vaio went close as Zoetebier fumbled an incoming cornerkick. The Rotterdammers were unable to find a reply early on, although as the game progressed the pendulum began to swing. The hardworking Lurling was having little luck in the last third and Buffel too was finding things tough, as Feyenoord were forced to commit a series of fouls that led to bookings for Rzasa, Paauwe and Ono, who misses the concluding game in the group in the Kuip in a fortnight when Newcastle United visit. Lurling was responsible for Feyenoord’s best chance after half an hour, but Bombardo just failed to connect with his pass across the box for what would have been a certain equaliser. The visitors were now clearly inching ahead on points, but goals remained elusive. A fine solo from Lurling forced a safe from Buffon, but at the other end Juventus finished the half with a flourish as Di Vaio cracked a post. Just before the break Ferrara handled in his own area only for the referee to miss the incident. Feyenoord were forced to bring on substitute keeper Lodelijks at halftime as Edwin Zoetebier was unable to carry on, but the Rotterdammers continued to have the best of it and Paauwe deserved a goal when he powered in a freekick that Buffon did well to beat out as it sailed towards the top righthand corner of the goal. Buffel whipped the rebound across goal but no one was on hand to convert. The red and whites continued to give it their all and still looked as though they could earn a draw, until the Italians countered with a second strike with just over twenty minutes left on the clock. Camoranesi found that man Di Vaio free in the box and he slid the ball into the net to put the lid on a thoroughly frustrating night for Feyenoord. Juventus-Feyenoord 2-0 (1-0) 4’ 1-0 Di Vaio 69’ 2-0 Di Vaio Juventus: Buffon; Thuram (75’ Iuliani), Ferrara, Tudor (89’ Zambrotta), Birindelli; Camoranesi, Tacchinardi, Davids, Nedved (85’ Moretti); Del Piero, Di Vaio. Feyenoord: Zoetebier (46’ Lodewijks); Song, Van Wonderen, Paauwe, Rzasa; Emerton, Bosvelt, Ono, Lurling; Buffel, Bombarda. Referee: G. Veissiere (Fr.) Yellow card: Ono, Rzasa, Paauwe, Bombarda; Taccchinardi
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